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*Time and distance based on the most popular visitor route

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12 Apostles Coast & Hinterland

One of the most well-known highlights of the Great Ocean Road is the majestic 12 Apostles. Situated in the Port Campbell National Park, these massive limestone structures tower 45 metres above the tempestuous Southern Ocean and leave visitors awe-struck by their size and beauty.

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Apollo Bay

A thriving coastal fishing village nestled in the heart of the Otway Ranges. Apollo Bay makes the perfect place to base yourself on your Great Ocean Road adventure. Whether you enjoy fresh fish & chips at the harbour or enjoy fine dining or the local cafe culture you will find plenty of options here.

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Avalon

Located just outside of Geelong and only 45 minutes from Melbourne CBD, Avalon Airport is the closest airport to the start of the Great Ocean Road, being only a 35 minute drive from Torquay. It offers easy transport options to Geelong and Torquay as well as plenty of car hire options.

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Colac

Located on the banks of the Barwon River, Winchelsea is a rural town steeped in history and surrounded by the fertile farmland of Victoria’s Western District. Fishing is popular in this section of the Barwon River with brown trout, redfin and eels commonly caught nearby.

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Geelong

Where the river meets the ocean, the seaside town of Anglesea boasts towering coastal cliffs and sprawling white beaches.
Beach, bush and kangaroos are the ingredients used to make Anglesea a favourite holiday spot.

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Lorne

Lorne is where the bush meets the beach set, between the sparkling waters of Loutit Bay and the rising majesty of the Otway National Park. With more than 10 waterfalls within 10 kilometres of the township, there are plenty of amazing natural wonders to explore.

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Melbourne

The offical start of the Great Ocean Road is 103km from Melbourne CBD and will take approximately 1hr 20mins to drive. The freeway extension (M1) bypasses Geelong, making access to the Great Ocean Road much quicker.

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Portland

Delve into history and get back to nature in this thriving city by the sea. Wander streets dotted with beautifully maintained heritage buildings and dine on great pub fare while overlooking the busy harbour.

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Port Fairy

Take a dip in the bay or hang five on the local breaks, build castles of sand and explore the rock pools spying on urchins and crabs. Tap your toes and sway to the rhythm of jigs and reels, ballads and gin joint jazz tunes at the ‘folkie’ or choose nature’s soundtrack of birdcalls and crashing waves.

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Queenscliff

The Split Point Lighthouse dominates the landscape on the approach to Aireys Inlet, a coastal hamlet where the sweeping curves of the Great Ocean Road welcome you and the dramatic nature of the Great Otway National Park begins.

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Torquay

Escape to the ocean for a relaxing interlude or smash out an adrenaline pumping adventure in Torquay. Home to world famous Bells Beach and the birth place of iconic surf brands, Torquay is the surfing capital of Australia.

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Torquay

Explore ancient rainforest brimming with lush ferns and towering trees, feel the mist from the powerful waterfalls, and hike through the cool undergrowth as the fresh forest air fills your lungs.

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Warrnambool

Make your dream home in the sand with turrets adorned with seaweed and shells then take a well-earned refreshing dip in the cool waters of the bay. Grab your board and make for the break as you teeter on some of Australia’s best waves.

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Adelaide

Approaching the Great Ocean Road from the west, you will enter the region at Nelson if taking the coastal route, or Casterton if travelling via the Coonawarra. Both are just over 5 hours from Adelaide. Take your time and explore the coast and hinterland along your Great Ocean Road journey, we promise you it’s worth it.

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Stop, Sit and Stay for a while at the peak of Mt Rouse, Penshurst's dormant volcano and a landscape for all to explore and enjoy! 🐶

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A moment of sunshine at Red Rock on an otherwise wet and freezing day.

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Head down to Mortlake for a Wonderful Winter Weekend❄️

🖼️ With the weekend long Mortlake Art Show displaying an array of unique local talent created since 2020.

10am - 4pm
Mortlake Soldier Memorial Hall
Cnr Shaw and Townsend St

🛍️ And the Mortlake Market - with food, produce and variety stalls - complemented with live music by Witch 3 and a Lucky Market Prize.

Monday 13/6
9am - 1pm
Market Square
Shaw St

All the more reason to enjoy the mini holidays in the Volcanic Lakes and Plains!

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A south west Victoria sunset goes a little like this... 🌅

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The stunning panoramic views of Tower Hill 🙌🏻

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The crater rim above the lake offers great views and a strong impression of the volcanic nature of Lake Elingamite.

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Lake Bullen Merri's clover like shape is a legacy of its volcanic past; the lake was formed from the remains of three adjoining craters.

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Nigretta Falls like you've never seen before!

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Tandarook Botanic Gardens, established in 1981, are located in a part of town and on a property that has had many uses. From a quarry to a rubbish tip, the gardens now have a sheltered rotunda, walking paths, toilets and BBQ and host many weddings and other events.

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🐝 B E E / A M A Z E D ⛅️ … this dreamy vista … the volcanic plains in all their majesty … foggy clouds skimming the rim of the crater lake of Bullen Merri … an ephemeral glimpse at sunrise before the clouds uplifted … what a delight … just like the honey the bees make as they buzz and hum across this horizon … visiting local flowers to produce authentically local honey … pure, raw, nothing but honey, with a dash of beeswax and a dusting of pollen on top … delicious, limited-edition, small-batch decadence … new deliveries buzzing into local stockists for wintry days … 💛 🍯

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Pay a visit to the Penshurst Botanic Gardens, an absolute beauty at this time of year with all its changing colours 🍂

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Just a few minutes drive from Cobden you will find these breath taking views over Lake Bullen Merri.

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The Courthouse Camperdown was erected in 1886 in the Medieval Gothic Revival style replacing an earlier structure constructed in 1858. It ceased being a court house in 1990 and now operates as a Visitor Information Centre and offers a fabulous range of locally made goods.
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Narrapumelap Historic Homestead & Gardens are open to the public by appointment.

You can enjoy this historic gothic style homestead and lush gardens during their open days on Easter Sunday and Monday and Melbourne Cup Eve Weekend.
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Take the drive down Byaduk’s Old Crusher Road and be met with the Lava Blisters, a phenomenon to exist in one of only three locations across the world; something that makes this region just that little bit more special to the locals that love it and the visitors who visit it

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Immerse yourself in nature with a sprinkle of Irish charm in the Volcanic Lakes & Plains… 🍀

Located in the historic Irish township of Koroit you’ll be sure to experience Irish hospitality at its most charming. The Koroit-Tower Hill Caravan Park is only a five-minute walk to the Koroit town centre and is located at the beautiful and historic Botanic Gardens.

The park is ideally placed right on the doorstep of the Tower Hill State Game Reserve, an inactive volcano where you can enjoy a picnic or walk around the crater to see its wildlife or to study its geology and rich indigenous cultural history.

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.